Call for Proposals 2019

Indoor Agricultural Call

With more than 1,300 MW of greenhouse load seeking to connect in Ontario by 2025, the province’s electrical infrastructure is being challenged to meet significant increases in the demand for power. Through its Grid Innovation Fund, the IESO is issuing a call for novel projects focused on reducing electricity demand from indoor agriculture during local and bulk system peak periods. The IESO will accept proposals from November 18, 2019 – February 14, 2020 and award up to $2.5 million for approved projects. Special consideration will be made for projects located in areas with identified or anticipated electricity infrastructure challenges related to indoor agriculture expansion.

Call for proposals - 2019

At a high level, this target call aims to:

  • Accelerate the adoption of cost-effective demand-side solutions by greenhouse growers
  • Demonstrate the efficacy of demand-side options to address local transmission and distribution infrastructure capacity need(s)
  • Explore unknowns in the operationalization of demand-side options and the impact on greenhouse productivity

A webinar was held on October 3, 2019 to answer questions and discuss the design of the targeted call.

Following the webinar, the IESO is seeking feedback on the following sections of the Indoor Agricultural Call Application Guideline:

  • Section 5 – Proposal Evaluation Criteria
  • Appendix C – Local Impact

Please provide feedback by October 17, 2019 to promote transparency, this feedback will be posted on the Grid Innovation Fund webpage unless otherwise requested by the sender.